Who We Are
We act as the united and trusted voice of European gastroenterology and are recognised as the leading authority for digestive health
Founded in 1992 United European Gastroenterology (UEG) is the leading non-profit organisation for excellence in digestive health in Europe and beyond with its headquarters in Vienna. We improve the prevention and care of digestive diseases in Europe through providing top tier education, supporting research and advancing clinical standards.
As Europe’s home and umbrella for multidisciplinary gastroenterology, we unite over 50,000 engaged professionals from national and specialist societies, individual digestive health experts and related scientists from all fields and career stages. The myUEG Community enables digestive health professionals from across the globe to become myUEG Associates and thereby connect, network and benefit from a wide range of free resources and educational activities.
Our offers include our annual congress UEG Week, online and face-to-face educational experiences, research support, a scientific journal and a range of opportunities in the form of fellowships and grants. We provide numerous guidelines, standards and quality improvement initiatives and campaign at the European level to ensure continued resources for research into digestive health while working closely with patient organisations.
UEG unites 17 Ordinary Member Societies and 49 National Societies working in the broad area of digestive health, constantly adapting to the changing requirements of scientific research and health care.
Following our mission and a dedicated strategic plan, the overall leadership and strategic direction of UEG rests with the Council. The committees and task forces enable interested volunteers to play an active role in shaping current and future UEG initiatives and form the operating body of the organisation.
Member Societies are represented in the Meeting of Members that elects or appoints UEG Council members. Each Ordinary Member Society has the opportunity to send one representative to UEG’s committees.
All officers of UEG, regardless of position, provide their effort and time on a complete voluntary basis, and therefore make UEG a non-profit organisation concerned solely with the well-being of patients.
We are the overall leadership of UEG and provide the strategic direction.
We are composed of members of UEG and have various responsibilities defined in the UEG Statutes.
We act as the central communication channel between National Societies and UEG.
We organise the best international multidisciplinary gastroenterology congress in the world.
We provide learning opportunities in digestive health in multiple formats.
We act as the united voice of European gastroenterology towards the public and policy makers.
We strengthen relationships between the National Societies and UEG through cross-representation in other UEG committees.
We support cooperation and excellence in digestive health research.
We improve clinical practice to reduce health inequalities across Europe.
UEG is dedicated to achieving its mission in an open, transparent and democratic manner according to the highest standards of ethics. Together with other members of the Biomedical Alliance in Europe, UEG has approved and adopted the Code of Conduct of healthcare professionals and scientific organisations.
This code sets out core principles for health care professional and scientific organisations to maintain and enhance professional independence, objectivity and scientific integrity. It guides all persons serving UEG in the development and implementation of UEG’s activities. UEG volunteers and senior employees sign a Declaration of Interest (DoI) to disclose any possible conflicts between their duties towards UEG and their private interests.
Integrity, diversity and transparency, in addition to quality, independence, respect, and accountability, form the core values of UEG as a professional non-profit organisation. One of UEG’s overall objectives is striving for equality of opportunity and inclusion, in particular regarding to age, gender and nationality.
Our aim is to provide equal opportunities and foster the involvement of underrepresented groups in all of our activities, creating an environment free from discrimination. Recognising individual values, perspectives and needs is vital in this process to prepare us for the future.
The UEG Equality & Diversity Group has been assigned by UEG Council to oversee UEG’s efforts in this regard and to address areas where inequalities throughout the organisation prevail.
UEG Statutes constitute the legal basis for the operation of the organisation. UEG is incorporated in Vienna, Austria and complies with the legal rules of the Austrian Law of Associations with number 570340662 in the Austrian Register of Association.
UEG is a non-profit organisation and is funded by its membership dues and the scientific activities and events it organises, such as congresses and postgraduate teaching, scientific journals publishing, educational programmes as well as sponsorship from industry. To operate all its activities UEG has set up United European Gastroenterology GmbH which is fully owned by UEG and incorporated as a limited liability company in Vienna, Austria (Austrian Commercial Register - FN 443867 x). UEG’s accounts comply with Austrian fiscal provisions and are both internally (by two members of the association called auditors) and externally audited (by an international tax advisor) on an annual basis.
UEG was formally established in 1992 with the first UEG Week hosted by the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology under the leadership of Constantine Arvanitakis in Athens in 1992. UEG Week developed and the number of attendees increased constantly. With progressive growth there was also an urgent need to strengthen the central administrative capability. This process and the first 20 years of UEG’s existence has been summarised in the 20th Anniversary brochure.
During the past years UEG has established itself as one of the most effective and prestigious medical specialty organisations in the world.
Relive the last three decades of UEG by reading this UEG Journal article written by former President Michael Farthing: 30 years of UEG: What has been achieved and what does the future hold?
Find out what UEG contributed in 30 years and where we are headed for the decades to come by watching this UEG Week 2022 Anniversary session held on occasion of UEG’s 30th birthday.